October 22nd, 2006

Mark!

Bruce Cockburn is basically the most depressing man in Canada

This is my new theory. Cohen's pretty down but it all seems so internalized. Lightfoot always manages to throw in a couple of major chords and that just makes the world go away. Young makes me feel like I could do something if I wanted to. And I will postulate that Cochrane is just enough out of the ordinary Canadian's grasp to make him fully accessible, which is probably why I like him so much. (If "Victory Day" is actually about something then I probably owe somebody an apology.)

Cockburn is all of that and none of it. He makes me want to turn on CNN and slam my fists in anger at the total lack of good I can do for the world. The world is not only present, it's so intrinsically part of me that I can't actually move around on its surface. I can do nothing but watch. And it flows out of him and into us and we share in that pain, over and over again, like a prisoner strapped into a theatre chair and forced to watch filmstrips of birds flying into windows. Over and over again. Over and over again. Over and over again. Over and over again. Over and over again. Over and over again. Over and over again. There's no point in listening to this again. I change over. New album. Spirits rise.

When I have my own domain, I have to promise myself not to make this kind of post more than once a year. If ever. That'd just be bad.